Lorna Scheepers

Where two worlds collide
Oil on Canvas
31 H x 25 W x 1.8 in
2018
Consider the Ravens
Oil on Canvas
36 H x 24 W x 1.7 in
2018
Disparity
Oil on Canvas
25 H x 31 W x 1.8 in
2018
Tea Time
Oil on Canvas
18 H x 14 W x 0.8 in
2018
Gentle Giant
Oil on Canvas
24 x 30 in.
2015
Route 87
Oil on Canvas
30 x 40 in.
2015

Lorna Scheepers is an South African artist who followed her heart to America and is now living and working in Chicago, USA.

Born Lorna Marion Stern ( b. 1967) in Sweizer Reneke, South Africa, she embraced art as an adult, enrolling in her first art class at age 27 and completed her art education at the Open Window Art Academy in Pretoria, South Africa, under some of the best and well known artists on the South African art scene. Her lecturers included Henk Serfontein, Chistiaan Diedericks, Kevin Roberts, Hanneke Benade and Tertia du Toit to name a few. 

 Although not obvious, her art is always deeply personal. She began painting as a means of dealing with depression at the time. During her student years, she focused on her personal trauma. Her dream of pursuing art was put on hold when she went through a divorce in 1996 (last name Bartlett), and instead had a successful career in corporate marketing. As a single mother, she focused on her career in the years that followed and only painted as a release or when commissioned. Twenty years later, she is finally doing what she loves and enjoys most.  

Lorna’s creativity begins with an appreciation for the beauty in the everyday, often reflecting her emotions and memories and interwoven with more idyllic and imagined elements of the environment.  

Exploring ideas of socialization, personal identity and one’s sense of belonging, she draws inspiration from her experience of living in between countries and continents……. She is fascinated by the dividing line between fact and fantasy, and the lingering imprint it has on our lives.  

The presence of birds are often a symbolic overtone with reference to where she finds herself. She describes her art as a place of self healing and transformation and it often reflects her current state of self.  

Through the years she has developed a series of symbols and marks that represents her visual vocabulary and style, but her latest works have developed into a layered, and more comfortable application. 

Besides many of her lecturers who have been impressionable upon her along her journey as an artist, her list of painterly influences includes Odilon Redon, Joseph Stella, Gustav Klimt and Franz Marc.  

In 2015 Lorna reconnected with a long time friend who has moved to the USA. They got married soon afterwards and she moved to Chicago, USA, where she now lives and work.  

My creativity begins with an appreciation for the beauty in the everyday, often reflecting my emotions and memories  and  interwoven with more idyllic and imagined elements of the environment. 

 Exploring ideas of socialization, personal identity and one’s sense of belonging within a place, I draw inspiration from my experience of living in between countries  and continents. I am  fascinated by the dividing line between fact and fantasy, and the lingering imprint it has on  our lives. 

 Although not obvious, my art is always deeply personal. The presence of birds are often a symbolic overtone with reference to where I find myself. It is a place of self healing and transformation.  

 My  oil paintings are intuitive and come to life through a constant process of accumulation and reduction. I will often linger  on a painting, waiting for it to reveal itself and even repaint  or remove layers.   

 Through the years developed a series of symbols and marks that make up my unique visual vocabulary, but my latest works have developed into  a layered, and more comfortable application. 

So many artist and tutors have been impressionable upon me along my journey as an artist and my list of painterly influences includes  Odilon Redon, Joseph Stella, Gustav Klimt and Franz Marc to name but a few. 

 I paint from my heart, and it is imperative to me to remain integral  to my own voice. My art reflects my current state of self, with references to symbolism, but it has no singular meaning.  I believe that to assume that,  is as assuming that every person experience the world in the same way.